About two weeks after her father had surgery for undisclosed reasons, Lakers executive vice president of business operations Jeanie Buss said via Twitter that team owner Jerry Buss is “doing really well.”
So well, in fact, that Jeanie Buss indicated that her father had a visit with Kobe Bryant. It’s probably safe to say that both were gushing at the possibility of collecting another championship next year.
Lakers spokesman John Black recently told The Times’ Broderick Turner that Buss’ Aug. 9 surgery went well and that he is expected to make a full recovery, but declined to discuss the procedure. His son, Jim Buss, the Lakers’ executive vice president of player personnel, told Times columnist T.J. Simers on Aug. 10 that his father “got out of surgery 14 hours ago” and called asking for details surrounding the Lakers’ acquisition of Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic.
Jerry Buss, 78, was hospitalized in July for dehydration. Last December, he was hospitalized to treat blood clots in his legs. The Lakers attributed that to excessive travel.
Buss has owned the Lakers since 1979, when he purchased the team along with the Forum, the NHL’s Kings and a 13,000-acre ranch in Kern County for $67 million from Jack Kent Cooke. Since then, the Lakers have become one of the sport’s top franchises, winning 10 of their 16 NBAchampionships under Buss’ watch. Forbes values the franchise at $900 million. And the Lakers just netted a 25-year deal with Time Warner Cable, which The Times’ Mike Bresnahan and Turner report to be valued at $5 billion.
In recently years, Buss has gradually ceded more control of the Lakers to both Jim and Jeanie.